Almonds

Our recipes will help you reap the benefits of almonds in delicious ways. Discover recipes with almond flour, almond butter, plus cookies, cakes, and more.

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Kransekake

The kransekake, which translates to "wreath cake", is the signature cake of Norway and a showstopping confection that is made for special occasions. And as impressive as a tall tower made out of eighteen delicate cookie rings is, this sweet stunner is surprisingly straightforward to make. The naturally gluten-free dough is made from processing almonds until finely ground, then confectioners' sugar and egg whites are added to bind it together. After an overnight rest, the dough is rolled into ropes and fitted into specialty molds. Once baked, the rings are stacked sky-high and kept in place with royal icing, which pulls double duty as both glue and garnish.

Basic French Macarons

Want to learn how to make macarons? We've taken the guesswork out of making these patisserie beauties, so you can prepare them at home. Our foolproof macarons recipe calls for making your own almond flour (it's so much easier than it seems), then adding just four other ingredients: powdered sugar, egg whites, white sugar, and any filling you please.

Poached-Pear Frangipane Tart

Pears are poached in mulled wine here, infusing the fruit with spices and giving the exteriors a deep crimson hue. When sliced and nestled into the rich frangipane filling, they create a glorious ombre effect.

Five-Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies

Longing for homemade chocolate chip cookies in a snap? Nut butter does double duty by replacing both flour and regular butter in these five-ingredient, two-bite (gluten-free!) treats.

Chicken Kabsa

Considered the national dish of Saudi Arabia, this spiced chicken-and-rice dinner couldn't have a more beautiful presentation—it's served with fried almonds and raisins, parsley sprigs, and a citrusy yogurt sauce.

Chocolate Ganache Tart

Rating: 3.5 stars 171
Ganache is a luxurious filling made of heavy cream and dark chocolate. Here, it's poured into a buttery almond shortbread crust. Martha made this recipe on Martha Bakes episode 603.

Cherry-Almond Brownies

Rating: 3 stars 12
Warm from the oven, these brownies are a chewy, gooey treat. When refrigerated, they cut into neat bars and will keep, tightly covered, about a week.

Almond Biscotti

Rating: 3.5 stars 190
These Italian cookies are made without butter or oil and are twice baked to crisp perfection. Try Rum-Soaked Raisin Biscotti, Cherry Espresso Biscotti, Mexican Chocolate Biscotti, and Brown Sugar and Date Biscotti.

No-Bake Chocolate-Almond Oat Bars

Rating: 3 stars 225
Almonds do double duty here -- silky almond butter helps hold the bars together, while chopped toasted almonds add just the right amount of crunch.

Blancmange

One of Martha's all-time favorite gelatin desserts, blancmange is like a large-format panna cotta. In French, 'blanc' means white and 'manger' means to eat. Martha ups the ante by making hers with cinnamon-steeped almond milk and just the right amount of cream.

Stollen

Rating: 4 stars 15
German stollen is dense bread that is traditionally oblong, like a swaddled baby. In this version, from Martha's mother, the dough is braided, letting icing pool in the loaf's crevices.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Dates and Blue Cheese
Next time you're hosting a few friends, make some magic: Put out a plate of these simple hors d'oeuvres--at once salty and sweet, creamy and crunchy--and watch them disappear.
Pear Crisp
Choose Bosc pears that are ripe but still a little firm for the filling of this oat-almond crisp -- they'll stand up well to baking.
Lebkuchen
Rating: 3.5 stars 151

The German town of Nuremberg has been famous for its lebkuchen since the late 1300s. The soft, cakey cookies are traditionally made with several spices, candied citrus peel, hazelnuts, and almonds.